Cuckoo sings if the hands are moved backwards, but not if they go forwards

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  1. dalgetty

    dalgetty Registered User

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    Dear Friends,

    My cuckoo clock, an Azura, has a cuckoo that sings if I move the hands backwards, or if I pull the little string which allows me to advance the hours the cuckoo sings. But if I move the hands forwards there is just a "Thunk", and the cuckoo only opens the door a tiny crack.

    You can see the mechanism in this video, where I advance the hands clockwise, then anti-clockwise:

    https://youtu.be/i9DqwKw9F84

    How can I repair it?

    Thanks for your time! (and expertise)
     
  2. Tinker Dwight

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    I can't tell for sure but it sounds like the wheel timing is
    off such that the warning is not right, leaving the maintenance
    cam in the wrong position.
    Warning should be long enough such that the maintenance lever
    can fall back into the slot on the maintenance cam.
    We'd be better able to tell if the movement was out of the case.
    The video doesn't show much of the movement's action.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  3. shutterbug

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    Is this a new development or is the clock new to you? I can see that there is no warning run. What is causing that is not clear. If it's a new to you clock, it may be installed or adjusted wrong. If it's a new situation in a clock that has been acting correctly we'll have to go deeper.
     
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    #4 ragobo, Apr 17, 2017
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    A bit risky but you could try to remove the front dial, on most cases is only nailed but not glued. If you remove it you could take a video showing what's going on inside.

    Edit: I found those pictures of an azura cuckoo movement on an ebay listing. As it is endend now I think I can link them here:

    http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Vintage-Celestin-Konrad-Azura-Brass-Swiss-Cuckoo-Clock-Movement-w-Bird-E566b/201422309643

    On the front side there's what looks like a lever with a spring. Just blindly guessing but it could be the spring on your movement (if it's like the one pictured) may be loose and only when you move the minute hand backwards the lever is forced down...as said just blindly guessing.
     
  5. Tinker Dwight

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    It is not likely to show much behind the dial. This
    is a count wheel, not a rack and snail.
    It is better to remove the movement.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  6. dalgetty

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    thanks for all of this advice - I will try to remove the movement and post another video

    the clock has worked until this year, I am determined to get it going again
     
  7. Tinker Dwight

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    You will need to remove the flutes first. Use some string and tie the bellows
    closed so you don't tear the bellows.
    They are usually attached with one screw
    and a small brad. Remove the screw and then us a knife to pry it off the brad.
    Carefully unhook the lifting wire.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  8. Chris D

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    Does the minute hand turn very easily? Only thing I can think of is that the spring clutch is 'loose' and doesn't have enough tension.
     
  9. dalgetty

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    Dear Friends,

    I removed the movement from the case - I've never done anything like that in my life before !

    Here is the movie where I show the backwards action - which cause the cuckoo to sing, and the forwards action, which does not, from several angles:
    https://youtu.be/a2qCHYGBzng

    Thanks again for your time and expertise
     
  10. Tinker Dwight

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    #10 Tinker Dwight, Apr 18, 2017
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    I noticed that when going forward, the count lever popped up.
    It shouldn't catch. It should lift smoothly and go into warning.
    When it falls after passing the hour it should start the strike.
    I've never seen one quite like this movement but it is a count
    wheel clock most all run on the same principles.
    The wire to follow the cam is a little unusual.
    I'd like to see the front of the movement when it makes a complete
    pass. It is not interesting to see you back it up to strike.
    It may be a symptom but we need to see the front when it completes
    the lift and fall of the J lever ( even if it doesn't look like a J ).
    We need to see the action when moving the hand the full 360 degree,
    not just till warning.
    It also looks like you may have some other timing issues as the hammer shouldn't
    move when going into warning.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  11. dalgetty

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    Can view the youtube. You need to change the privilege level.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  13. dalgetty

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    Sorry, I think it should be OK now - it should be unlisted, but visible
     
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    The youtube runs fine now, but I cannot tell what is wrong - cuckoos such as yours are not something I have worked on.

     
  15. dalgetty

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    Thanks for looking !
     
  16. ragobo

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    I think what's going wrong is that the minute hand bush is not correctly syncronized. It's doing the strikes at 15 min and at 45 min. You should take the minute hand off and rotate the bush about a quarter of a turn.
     
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    It looks like it's going into warning, but not dropping out to allow the train to run. Look for a stop pin or lever either touching the fan, or the wheel under it.
     
  18. dalgetty

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    I'll have a look at that, contrasting the way it behaves when moving forwards and when it moves backwards

    Will keep you posted
     
  19. Tinker Dwight

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    The clock is going into warning but it is not starting the strike.
    The wire that is lifting at the front of the clock is most likely
    the culprit.
    Try this experiment.
    move the minute hand until the lifting lever ( the one in front )
    has just dropped.
    Push it down a little against its springiness. You should have to bend
    it. I believe it will trip the strike.
    Please report back.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  20. dalgetty

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    Hi Tinker,
    I just followed your instructions and that's exactly what happens!
     
  21. Tinker Dwight

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    You can see there is a set screw at the right end if the lever.
    You should be able to set it so that it just goes high enough to
    do a single strike at the half hour and the full strike at the
    hour.
    Tinker Dwight.
     
  22. dalgetty

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    Dear Everybody,

    This is the sound of victory:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSW91A4EQTI

    Thanks to all of you for your help - I had never even opened the back door of a cuckoo clock before Monday. I could never have fixed this without you.

    Above all, high five to Tinker Dwight - thanks a million ! You were right on the money.

    Tomorrow I am going to return this cuckoo to the chalet here in Switzerland, where it has hung in pride of place since the 1940s.

    Best Wishes,

    John
     
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    Now just rotate the hour hand to match the call of the bird, and you have it :)
     
  24. ragobo

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    If there's something in common on all those cuckoo birds is that they are not very polite and always close their door with a bang :)
     
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